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Fabien Goulay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Goulay Group Website


Dr. Goulay received his PhD from the University of Rennes (France) under the direction of Dr Bertrand Rowe and continued as a postdoctoral fellow  first in the group of Prof. Stephen Leone at UC Berkeley and then with Dr Hope A. Michelsen at Sandia National Laboratories. He joined the faculty at WVU in 2011 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2017. 

The 3 major research areas in the Goulay Laboratory are (i) formation and reaction of large hydrocarbon radicals, (ii) multiphase processes at the surface of atmospheric and biomass aerosols, and (iii) radical chemistry under high-energy conditions found in plasma assisted environments. This is achieved through a combination of advanced laser- and synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques coupled to gas flow reactors. The experimental outcomes are used to propose elementary free radical chemical mechanisms toward developing predictive combustion models.

Research Interests

Chemical dynamics; energy science; heterogeneous chemistry; nanoparticles; lasers applied to chemistry; mass spectrometry; synchrotron photoionization. 

Teaching Fields

Physical Chemistry

Courses Offered

  • CHEM 747 (Molecular Spectroscopy)
  • CHEM 348 (Physical Chemistry) 

Recent Publications

  • "Effect of Bulk Composition on the Heterogeneous Oxidation of Semi-Solid Atmospheric Aerosols", H. Fan and F. Goulay , Atmosphere 10, 791, 1-17 (2019)
  • "Kinetic Investigations of the CH (X2Π) Radical Reaction with Cyclopentadiene", K. L. Caster, Z. N. Donnellan, T. M. Selby, F. Goulay Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123, 5692-5703 (2019). 
  • "Product Detection of the CH Radical Reactions With Ammonia and Methyl-Substituted Amines", Bourgalais, J., Caster, K. L., Durif, O., Osborn, D. L., Le Picard, S. R., and Goulay, F. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123, 2178-2193 (2019). 
  • "Effect of surface-bulk partitioning on the heterogeneous oxidation of aqueous saccharide aerosols", Fan, H, Masaya T.W., and Goulay F.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics21, 2992-3001 (2019)
  • "Reactions of atomic carbon with butene isomers: implications for molecular growth in carbon-rich environments", Bourgalais, J.; Spencer, M.; Osborn, D. L.; Goulay, F. and Le Picard, S. D.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A120, 9138-9150 (2016)
  • "Insights into gas-phase reaction mechanisms of small carbon radicals using isomer-resolved product detection (Perspective)", A. J. Trevitt and F. Goulay, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 5867-5882 (2016).
  • "Kinetics of the OH Radical Reaction with Fulvenallene from 298 K to 450 K", J. Thapa, M. Spencer, N. G. Akhmedov, and F. Goulay, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6, 4997-5001 (2015).
  • "Effect of relative humidity on the OH-initiated heterogeneous oxidation of monosaccharide nanoparticles", H. Fan, M. R. Tinsley, and F. Goulay, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 119, 11182-11190 (2015).
  • "Flow tube studies of the C(3P) reactions with ethylene and propylene", M. Capron, J. Bourgalais, R. K. Abhinavam Kailasanathan, D. L. Osborn, S. D. Le Picard, and F. Goulay, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 23833-23846 (2015).
  • "The C(3P) + NH3 reaction in interstellar chemistry. I. Investigation of the product formation channels", J. Bourgalais, M. Capron, R. K. Abhinavam Kailasanathan, D. L. Osborn, K. M. Hickson, J-C. Loison, V. Wakelam, F. Goulay, and S. D. Le Picard, The Astrophysical Journal, 812, 106-118 (2015).
  • "The C(3P) + NH3 reaction in interstellar chemistry. II. Low temperature rate constants and modeling of the NH, NH2, and NH3 abundances in dense interstellar clouds", K. M. Hickson, J-C. Loison, J. Bourgalais, M. Capron, S. D. Le Picard, F. Goulay, and V. Wakelam, The Astrophysical Journal, 812, 106-118 (2015).